The Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is made up of a community of faculty and staff who reflect the diversity and global relevance of South Asian Studies. Through our diverse academic disciplines, summer language institute, annual conference, student organizations and outreach programs, the Center seeks to define and promote greater understanding of South Asian history, language, religion and culture. We also support linkages to other relevant area studies and global studies programs that emphasize transnational flows of culture, people, money in ways that are important to a better understanding of South Asia both in the past and the present.

Featured Film


DVD – (22 minutes, 1970, black & white)

Price: $195.00 + shipping and handling

banaras…presents the currents and moods of the city through a series of strikingly common and uncommon visual images. It captures the pulse of daily life that returns again and again to the Ganges River and its sacred waters. The film explores the city’s shrines, its crowded lanes, its roadside stalls, its cremation-wood cutters, its funeral processions, its young, and its old. The film gives the viewer a feeling for the people of Banaras – their faces, their periods of activity, and their moments of public worship and private reflection.

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  • South Asia professors recognized for teaching excellence and service

    Three South Asia-affiliated faculty were recently recognized for excellence in teaching, contributions to their field, and service.

    The Secretary of the Faculty named J. Mark Kenoyer (Anthropology) and Gurindar Sohi (Computer Science) as two of four recipients of the prestigious Hilldale Award.









    Center for South Asia attends Multicultural Night at Hamilton Middle School

    On Friday, February 23, representatives from the Center for South Asia were part of the annual Multicultural Night at Hamilton Middle School. The evening’s activities included an international potluck dinner, dance performances, and a student Taiko drum performance.

    Conference Digital Archive now available with new website

    The Annual Conference on South Asia recently launched a new website. Our new design includes a “Deadlines At a Glance,” complete with submission guidelines and registration information as well as a redesigned contact information form. Among the many new features is the digital archive, created by our Conference Coordinator. ...

  • International Division Awards aid students studying abroad

    The International Division Scholarship Ceremony was held on December 5, celebrating the newest cohort of students with plans to study, research, and intern abroad. This year’s recipient of the Joe Elder Scholarship is Andrea Martel. More information on the awards ceremony and a complete list of recipients is available here.

  • Deer Park Buddhist Center Temple Photo Gallery

    Photographs by Kalleen Mortensen, from 1976 to 2016, are now available online. Mortensen’s collection contains photos taken around the Deer Park Buddhist Center Temple. The digital collection is hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society and is searchable. The Deer Park Buddhist Community began in 1976…(more).